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    Rescued burm need some advice

    So I recently acquired this poor little albino Burmese python from a complete idiot. It's so thin and looks like it's never been fed. I was able to get it to eat once and it was more then happy to bite my finger to try to get the mouse. Which I figure is a good sign. And she also has mites but that's easy to handle. My question is how often should I feed her? I figure I should go slow at the start till she gains a bit more weight and then offer bigger food items. The pictures dont look as bad as she really is. Any advice would be appreciated.

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    I would def go slow. Prey items on the small side every 10 days or so until it starts to put on some weight and fill out. Fresh water. They bounce back quick. Glad to see it ended up with someone who cares.

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    Re: Rescued burm need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by cletus View Post
    I would def go slow. Prey items on the small side every 10 days or so until it starts to put on some weight and fill out. Fresh water. They bounce back quick. Glad to see it ended up with someone who cares.
    Thanks! That's what I was thinking. I have a good feeling about her. Shes got a good food response so there is that at least

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    Re: Rescued burm need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Toasted Hippo View Post
    Thanks! That's what I was thinking. I have a good feeling about her. Shes got a good food response so there is that at least

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    That's great news. I would say rehydration is just as important as food at this stage. Good luck!

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    Re: Rescued burm need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by cletus View Post
    That's great news. I would say rehydration is just as important as food at this stage. Good luck!
    I agree, and especially because of the mites. Getting rid of them will help...delaying could mean her demise.
    Remember that digestion requires hydration, so feed small for quite a while...hydration is actually more important.
    Glad she's eating & in someone's hands who cares...she's pretty, just go slow & minimize all stress. Good luck! Poor snake...
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    Re: Rescued burm need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    I agree, and especially because of the mites. Getting rid of them will help...delaying could mean her demise.
    Remember that digestion requires hydration, so feed small for quite a while...hydration is actually more important.
    Glad she's eating & in someone's hands who cares...she's pretty, just go slow & minimize all stress. Good luck! Poor snake...
    Thanks. I made sure she has water, I've only had her 3 days so shes got a ways to go but I'm confident she'll be alright. I've got some small little fuzzy mice that I'm using to feed her.

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    Re: Rescued burm need some advice

    Get her on frozen thawed rat pups ASAP, and feed every four days to get some weight going....then every 5-7 days. You do NOT want a mouser Burm and they can be pretty difficult to switch to rats once on mice. Albinism can alsio add feeding problems in Burms as well sometimes. If all she'll take hs mice, then use them to pack on weight but then keep trying to make the switch.

    A majority of hydration is provided via prey items by the way.

    I disagree about 10 days and very much disagree about going slow to start, the snake is underweight and in the hatchling stage, breeders feed every 5-7 days on a normal schedule. Also recomended by world of Burns, which is a group of about 20 Burm breeders. I respectfully wish people who have never owned one would research before giving advice in scenarios like this. These are not BP's and Colubrids, they have extremely fast digestive systems in this stage.
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    Good on you!

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    Re: Rescued burm need some advice

    Quote Originally Posted by KevinK View Post
    Get her on frozen thawed rat pups ASAP, and feed every four days to get some weight going....then every 5-7 days. You do NOT want a mouser Burm and they can be pretty difficult to switch to rats once on mice. Albinism can alsio add feeding problems in Burms as well sometimes. If all she'll take hs mice, then use them to pack on weight but then keep trying to make the switch.

    A majority of hydration is provided via prey items by the way.

    I disagree about 10 days and very much disagree about going slow to start, the snake is underweight and in the hatchling stage, breeders feed every 5-7 days on a normal schedule. Also recomended by world of Burns, which is a group of about 20 Burm breeders. I respectfully wish people who have never owned one would research before giving advice in scenarios like this. These are not BP's and Colubrids, they have extremely fast digestive systems in this stage.
    I fully agree with this. Baby burms process meals very fast. A 5-7 day schedule is fine.

    I would also suggest offering the prey wet/damp if she'll take it that way, to help with hydration.

    Get the mites sorted ASAP.

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    She is beautiful.
    Best of luck with her.

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